John Piper preached on Wednesday evening.  His influence in my life is impossible to measure.  I’ll never forget the first time I read Desiring God almost twenty years ago.  His Christ-saturated approach to God’s Word began to slowly reshape my pursuit of and passion for God. The primary question that Dr. Piper’s message addresses is:Continue reading “TOGETHER FOR THE GOSPEL 2010”


Thabiti Anyabwile stepped up to the plate on Wednesday at Together for the Gospel.  Thabiti’s life and message prove that God is in the business of drawing Muslims to himself!  This converted Muslim delivered a powerful message that addressed the ever-popular evangelical manta that calls Christ-followers to engage the culture. Thabiti was clear from theContinue reading “TOGETHER FOR THE GOSPEL 2010”


Dr. Al Mohler concluded the first night of Together for the Gospel by unpacking eight trajectories that have contributed to an adjusted gospel. 1. The Modern Trajectory is the liberal worldview that embraces naturalism and includes the Bultmann’s project and the so-called Quest for the Historical Jesus. 2. The Post-Modern Trajectory includes the denial ofContinue reading “TOGETHER FOR THE GOSPEL 2010”


This week, I am in Louisville, Kentucky for T4G – Together for the Gospel.  7,000 men are gathered to reaffirm the biblical gospel, celebrate the truth of the gospel, and to worship the God of the gospel. Mark Dever kicked the conference off by warning, “You can lose the gospel by no proclaiming it clearlyContinue reading “TOGETHER FOR THE GOSPEL 2010”

THE SHEPHERD LEADER: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church – Timothy Z. Witmer (2010)

Timothy Witmer sets high standards for biblical leaders in his book, The Shepherd Leader.  Witmer’s work is a clarion call to all elders who strive to shepherd to flock of God to the glory of God.  Indeed, it is a breath of fresh air in culture that tends to ignore biblical qualifications for elders, notContinue reading “THE SHEPHERD LEADER: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church – Timothy Z. Witmer (2010)”

WHAT IS THE GOSPEL? – Greg Gilbert (2010)

I coached high school tennis in the late 80’s.  One of my most vivid memories is my team’s disdain for fundamentals.  The first day of practice I told my players to “drop their rackets.”  Shocked and perplexed, they wondered what we could possibly accomplish without a tennis racket.  “The first week of practice, we willContinue reading “WHAT IS THE GOSPEL? – Greg Gilbert (2010)”


Brian McLaren comes out fighting in his newest book, A New Kind of Christianity.  Indeed, his savvy style and fancy footwork would make Rocky Balboa proud!  I suspect that McLaren, however, would not be comfortable with the fighting metaphor.  “Dialogue,” “conversation,” and “exchange” would be more appropriate for this emergent leader.  So step out ofContinue reading “A NEW KIND OF CHRISTIANITY – Brian McLaren (2010)”

THE CROSS OF CHRIST – John Stott (1986)

The Cross of Christ by John Stott has emerged over the years as one of the most important books that pertains to the redemptive work of our Savior. Stott’s work is a comprehensive look at the cross and its ramifications for the New Testament believer.   Without the cross there would undoubtedly be no reason toContinue reading “THE CROSS OF CHRIST – John Stott (1986)”

THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE – James Kouzes and Barry Posner (2007 Revised)

The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner assists people in furthering their abilities to lead others in order to get extraordinary things done.  Every person has the capacity to develop the necessary skills and character qualities to reach a level of measurable leadership effectiveness.  Leadership is defined at the outset as “the artContinue reading “THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE – James Kouzes and Barry Posner (2007 Revised)”


Jonathan Edwards, Evangelist unlike many of the other books that entertain the subject of evangelism, is not a “how-to” book.  It describes Edward’s mindset toward evangelism, his theological presuppositions, and inner battles. Dr. John Gerstner painstakingly poured over dozens of Edward’s sermons and writings.  The result has yielded an extremely readable rendition of Jonathan EdwardsContinue reading “JONATHAN EDWARDS, EVANGELIST – John Gerstner (1960)”